RFID: More from the Drug Side

While radio frequency identification (RFID) and electronic product code (EPC) technology will be critical to assuring a safe pharmaceutical supply chain, the healthcare industry also has its eye on distribution and supply chain efficiencies.


He added that the effects of RF on biologics need to be investigated, that consumers should be given notice whenever RFID is used, and the option to remove or disable tags when they are no longer needed. When all is said and done, Rose predicted RFID would provide:

  • Efficient inventory management;
  • Reduced out-of-stocks;
  • Prevention of diversion; and
  • Management of returns.
  • Clearly, the pharmaceutical industry expects to enjoy many of the same logistical benefits of RFID as the food industry as adoption moves to the item level. But the stakes are obviously higher. They involve the safety of every consumer who can be harmed by counterfeit drugs or prescription mistakes, and food industry companies with pharmacy operations should pay attention to developments in that industry as they unfold. D

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